The First Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava held a farewell meeting with the advisor of the Republic of Turkey sent to Georgia in the framework of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP).
Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava handed over certificate of appreciation to the Turkish advisor Major Ibrahim Polat, thanked for his contribution to the development of the Military Police in Georgia and wished him success. SNGP Turkish Advisor to the Military Police initiative carried out his mission in Georgia for six months. He will be replaced by Captain Muzaffer Buldan.
SNGP Core Team Leader Captain Stephan Annighoefer, international advisors, also representatives of International Relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration Department and Military Police attended the event.
A large explosion has been reported outside a court in the Turkish city of Izmir. There was no immediate confirmation of the cause of the blast or any casualties.
Photos taken from surrounding buildings appeared to show a vehicle on fire in the building's car park. It follows a series of terror attacks across Turkey by Isis and Kurdish extremist groups.
Isis claimed responsibility for the latest attack in the early hours of New Year's Day, where a gunman massacred 39 people at a nightclub in Istanbul.
Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey, sits on the Aegean Sea and is a popular destination for tourists visiting Turkey's coastline.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will extend the country’s state of emergency by 90 days, holding on to the extraordinary powers to rule by decree he assumed after crushing an attempted coup in mid-July. Mr Erdogan’s hint last week that he favoured an indefinite extension of such powers pushed the Turkish lira down past the psychological threshold of three per dollar. After he sent the request for a 90-day extension to parliament on Monday — where its passage is considered a formality — the lira fell further to 3.02 in late London trading, the lowest since August.
“The extension means we are still taking certain steps to address vital challenges to our democracy,” said a Turkish official, referring to the need for the measure.
The emergency powers, originally due to expire around mid-October, allow Mr Erdogan to rule by decree and make decisions that cannot be overturned by the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest legal body. Mr Erdogan has already targeted the court, removing two of its members, in a sweeping crackdown on officials suspected of allegiance to Fethullah Gulen, a self-exiled cleric blamed by the government for the failed putsch.
Since placing the country under emergency rule, Mr Erdogan’s government has jailed tens of thousands of people and accused more than 100,000 citizens — from doctors and teachers to journalists and military commanders — of colluding with Mr Gulen. Human rights watchdogs have decried the conditions under which those accused have been held, citing little or no access to lawyers, evidence of beatings, tortures and forced confessions.
The decision reverses a pledge Mr Erdogan made to voters and foreign investors that Turkey’s state of emergency was a temporary measure designed to flush out people involved in the failed putsch.
“What we can’t figure out is whether this is because there is a real threat that requires this emergency or if the president is loath to give up such a sweeping set of powers,” said one Europe-based investor who has completely liquidated his Turkish holdings. “Either way, I’m happy to watch this one from a distance.”
"On behalf of the Government of Georgia, I strictly condemn the series of terrorist attacks occurring in Turkey in the recent past and express solidarity with the families of the victims, people and authorities of the Republic of Turkey" noted H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia in his conversation with H.E. Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey held at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul today.
Discussions were focused on the significance of the strategic partnership between the two countries. It was noted at the meeting that Republic of Turkey and Georgia have been developing the cooperation in various directions with a shared effort for a great number of years. Parties spoke about the significance of the Eurasia Tunnel Project, which is officially launched today. In the opinion of the Prime Minister of Georgia, tunnel connecting the continents of Europe and Asia creates new transport opportunities and gives rise to a significant role of the initiative with a revisiting concept on the Silk Road. Focus has been made on the current trade and economic relations existing between the two countries and prospects for their further advancement. Hosting Prime Minister invited the visiting colleague and delegation of Georgia to a business lunch after the official meeting in Istanbul.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in reaction to the terrorist attack in TurkeyMonday, 12 December 2016 12:28
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its deep concern over the terrorist blasts that hit Istanbul on 10 December 2016 and left tens of people dead and injured.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its sincere condolences to the families of terrorism victims, as well as to the Government of the Republic of Turkey and wishes speedy recovery to those who have suffered injuries.
The Chairman of the Parliament, Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze held the meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey, H.E. Levent Gümrükçü.
The Ambassador congratulated the Chairman with election. The Chairman expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for Turkey’s support of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.
The parties touched upon bilateral relations and noted that Georgia and Turkey enjoy successful cooperation in various directions, including on the Parliamentary level. The parties discussed enhancement of inter-Parliamentary relations.
The Ambassador gave the positive estimation to the reforms and the Parliamentary elections in Georgia and expressed support of Turkey to EU and NATO integration of Georgia.
“The Council of Europe has had a significant role in Turkey’s progress in the past 15 years. We will press ahead with our plans for constitutional and institutional reform and will continue to heed the Council of Europe’s recommendations,” said Mevlüt Çavusoglu, Turkey’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
“Our country has demonstrated its ability to reform itself,” he pointed out, “by introducing numerous mechanisms to protect rights, by making it easier for political parties to expand, by allowing schools to educate people in languages other than Turkish, by stepping up our efforts to combat discrimination, by ratifying the revised Social Charter, by signing up to a whole series of Council of Europe conventions and protocols, enabling us to strengthen democracy and the rule of law.” “By implementing the recommendations of the Parliamentary Assembly, we have managed to open a number of chapters in the European Union negotiation process,” he added.
He also paid tribute to the victims of the attempted coup d’état which took place on 14 and 15 July and to the Turkish citizens “who took to the streets to stop the attempted coup”. “All the political parties, both ruling and opposition parties, came together and rose up to condemn the attempted coup and to reiterate their belief in democracy,” he said, adding that the state of emergency had been introduced in line with the Constitution to eliminate the threat to the country, its institutions and citizens.
“Since the failed coup, we have further strengthened our ties with the Council of Europe. The threat has not gone away, however. Terrorist movements are seeking to destabilize our democracies and undermine our values. We cannot allow terrorists to take control of our lives.”
Referring to the migrant crisis Mr Çavusoglu pointed out that Turkey had taken in more refugees than any other country, 2.7 million people who fled the hostilities. “We are doing our utmost to meet their needs and provide basic services, including health care and education, but everyone should make an effort and share the burden,” he said.
“By the end of the year, we also hope to reach an agreement on the subject of Cyprus, and a status for the island that is acceptable to everyone. In this context, the Council of Europe must play an ever more important role,” he indicated.
“We must press ahead with our efforts to build peace and stability in Europe,” he emphasised, expressing support for the proposal to hold another Council of Europe summit. “Together we can overcome our common problems, by drawing on our common values, and Turkey will continue to play its part in this context,” concluded Mr Çavusoglu.
On behalf of the Government of Georgia, I strongly condemn any statement aimed at instigating confrontation between the nations and states. Being a strategic partner of Georgia, Turkey has been upholding and strongly protecting Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity since the day of restoration of its independence. Relations between the two countries are based upon the principles of mutual respect and good neighborliness and there is no sign whatsoever that these relations are under threat.
We call upon the Central Election Commission of Georgia to study every statement that may contradict the Georgian laws and take immediate action thereon.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Ankara for a two-day visit on Thursday (8 September 2016), in a sign of the Alliance’s enduring support for the Turkish people and their democracy.
On Thursday evening, the Secretary General met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss Turkey’s contributions to the Alliance's shared security – including in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL, and in NATO’s efforts to stop human trafficking in the Aegean Sea.
NATO continues to stand in solidarity with Turkey, with increased naval and air presence, and with defensive missile systems on the border with Syria, Mr Stoltenberg said.
The Secretary General also reiterated NATO’s condemnation of the recent coup attempt, expressing condolences for those who lost their lives, and respect for the courage of the Turkish people. “Any attack on democracy, in any of our countries, is an attack on the very foundation of our Alliance. A strong and democratic Turkey is essential for the stability and security of Europe and the region,” he said.
On Friday, Mr. Stoltenberg will meet with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defence Minister Fikri Işık and other senior officials.
Istanbul, Turkey, September 7, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, provided over $800 million to support 22 climate-smart investment projects in Europe and Central Asia in fiscal year 2016, helping its clients improve resource and energy efficiency, expand sustainable urban infrastructure, and increase access to renewable energy.
Over $220 million of the total was invested in green buildings projects in Turkey, Bulgaria and Georgia, helping to reduce water, heat and energy consumption and losses in commercial buildings. About $240 million was directed to renewable energy projects in Turkey and Armenia, to support the rehabilitation and development of hydro, solar and wind power stations.
A particularly important theme for IFC was sustainable cities, which focuses on developing modern, energy-efficient urban infrastructure, including public transport, water and solid waste management, through state-of-the-art projects and public-private partnerships. In FY16, IFC supported the expansion of the Istanbul metro and Heksagon waste management company in Turkey, which offers solutions to turn urban solid waste into energy and fertilizer, and is now looking for similar sustainable projects across the region.
The year also marked IFC’s first green bonds transaction in the region with the Turkish Bank TSKB, to attract institutional investors to finance a portfolio of green projects across industries.
“Every third dollar of our investments in the region over the past year was climate smart,” said Tomasz Telma, IFC Director for Europe and Central Asia. “In addition to finance, we provide advisory services to manufacturing companies and financial institutions across the region to maximize impact, and leverage private sector resources to improve efficiency and invest in new technologies.”
In FY16, IFC invested over $2.9 billion in Europe and Central Asia, including $570 million in mobilized funds, to support the growth of sustainable private companies and contribute to long-term economic development across the region.
IFC’s goal is to make climate investments 28 percent of its annual new commitments by 2020.